At the official opening were Ciara Deasy, Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin and Deirdre Keohane. Pic: Paddy Feen

A LARGE crowd attended the official opening of the new Clonakilty Community Arts Centre at Astna Square last Friday evening.

Poets and painters, jugglers and jewellery-makers, singers and dancers and many others who come under the broad remit of artists, thronged the new centre which is bright and welcoming, and was adorned with a wide array of art of various genres.



During the evening, there was music and poetry readings, a little bit of juggling, and a great atmosphere.

Deirdre Keohane, artist, who is the lynchpin and driver of the project welcomed all and introduced Mayor Cllr Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin who officially opened the project.



With Clonakilty always being open to new ideas, having a welcome for diversity and a history of creative people, the Mayor listed many examples in the community where art in the broadest sense was visible and heard.



Now all those creative people have a single place where they can paint, write, create, practice, learn and teach.

Being the music capital of West Cork; having colourful buildings and shop fronts, a pleasant environment thanks to Tidy Towns, and an appreciation of art generally as evidenced by this years embracing of the Jungle City project, it is only natural and fitting that Clonakilty would have a Community Arts Centre.



The Mayor praised the enthusiasm, energy and drive of Deirdre Keohane who had brought the Arts Centre from an idea to reality in a very short period of time, and was confident that with her dedication and commitment, the centre would be a great success.



Anyone wishing to get involved or find out more about the centre should contact Deirdre Keohane on 087 964 9899.



At the official opening were Ciara Deasy Deirdre Keohane Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin. Pic: Paddy Feen